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The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

Editor October 12, 2014 Comments Off on The tale of my living room rug brings forth too many emotions

I’m about to share with you an epic tale of loss and redemption, of triumph and defeat, of rage and annoyance and really irritating behavior. At the center of this tale: my living room

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Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

Editor October 2, 2014 Comments Off on Never giving up on my son means living a different kind of life

“They told us he would never walk, but we never gave up on him. Now he’s running.” “The doctors all said she would probably never speak, but we just wouldn’t accept that. We never

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Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

Editor September 21, 2014 Comments Off on Surely I am not the only one who struggles with mornings

A sweet friend of mine, mother to two adorable children, recently posted to Facebook something along the lines of, “Why is there so much yelling when getting my kids ready for school in the

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No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off on No Kid Hungry to hold fundraiser September 20

SLIDELL – No Kid Hungry Slidell will hold a fundraiser at Moviesets in Slidell on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music, great food, shopping and entertainment,

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Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

Editor September 17, 2014 Comments Off on Gladiator Games fundraiser Nov. 1

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – When Darryn DeWalt was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, he and his wife didn’t know they were about to embark on a ride that would entail

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Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Our kids listen to even our most negative words

Editor September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Our kids listen to even our most negative words

They are listening to me all the time, more than I realize, more than I care to acknowledge. My children. So often I say to my husband in frustration, “Nobody listens to me around

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Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

Editor September 10, 2014 Comments Off on Former Salmen track star Bobby Beck ministers to others through artwork

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau “The peace that passes all understanding.” Philippians 4:7. In some ways it is a Bible verse that sums up the search of mankind. Everyone wants success, perhaps a

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My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

Editor September 8, 2014 Comments Off on My 4-year-old soccer-playing son believes crying is involved in the game

This is how things go with 4-year-olds. All last week, my 4-year-old Mark talked about soccer. “Did you know I’m going to be on a soccer team?” “Did you know I have a real

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Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

Editor August 29, 2014 Comments Off on Not sure yet what I am going to do with this new cat

We have a new cat living at our house. Could be permanent, could be temporary, I don’t know. One might say she’s auditioning for the role of our new house pet. We do have

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‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

Editor August 15, 2014 Comments Off on ‘50 shades’ of paint is happening in my kitchen every day

So that “50 Shades of Grey” movie is coming out soon. I know this because I am on Facebook where everyone learns everything. Everyone and their grandmother (yes, some grandmothers) are posting the trailer

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Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

Editor August 8, 2014 Comments Off on Back to school only means so much for this mom of four

So you know that phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short”? An adage that has always made me a little misty-eyed, as it relates to my children. But HOLY GEEZ, was

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This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

Editor August 1, 2014 Comments Off on This year’s birthday reminds me that I am actually aging

Today I am 37 years old. This happens every single year, my birthday. And it never fails to surprise me. In my head, I haven’t aged much. I mean, I have changed, in good

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HS kids learning as they go

HS kids learning as they go

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on HS kids learning as they go

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – High schoolers are always in a time of transition. From age 14 to 18, there are many changes that take place for every teenager. At the

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Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Slidell elementary private schools starting kids young

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – For small kids, going to school for the first time can be a scary thing even though the time from pre-K through fifth grade is a

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Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

Editor July 28, 2014 Comments Off on Cell phone usage in Slidell schools can cause issues with bullying

By CHRISSY SMITH Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – What do 29 percent of Americans say is the first and last thing they look at every day? Answer: Their cell phone. It has become a

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When traveling with four little children, have back-up

When traveling with four little children, have back-up

Editor July 25, 2014 Comments Off on When traveling with four little children, have back-up

Are you about to embark upon a road trip with small children? Please, allow me to advise. I just returned from a 337-hour drive from here to Alaska with my four children, so I

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This birthday party won’t get rained out!

This birthday party won’t get rained out!

Editor July 11, 2014 Comments Off on This birthday party won’t get rained out!

I have terrible luck planning children’s birthday parties, but I am telling you people. IT ENDS NOW. Two years in a row I planned a birthday party for my daughter at the Abita Springs

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Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

Editor July 5, 2014 Comments Off on Leaving my son at camp for second year is bitter-sweet

I dropped off my 8-year-old son Scott at camp Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a “campership” from Easter Seals Louisiana, he is once again attending Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). Last

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My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

Editor June 30, 2014 Comments Off on My expert advice on how to quit nail-biting

We all have things we are good at, skills we have honed with practice and time. Today I am going to share with you, dear readers, my area of mastery: how to quit biting

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Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

Editor June 20, 2014 Comments Off on Hopeful my kids will love their brother the same way I do

If you want to know my biggest fear as the mother of a child with special needs, it is this: what is going to happen to my son when I am gone? Mostly, I

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